L'Île de la Souffrance

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Front cover

Translated Title: The Island of Suffering

Pages: 32

Author: Samuel Tarapacki

Artist: Vintage photographs, Loïc Muzy

Editor(s): Christophe Ployon, Isabelle Donné

Setting: September 1931, Zaoshou, Manchuria, China

Appears in: Les 5 supplices, Livret 5

Campaign: Les 5 supplices


Arrival at an island for plague sufferers brings the investigators closer to not only the master tattoo artist they seek, but also several rivals who seek him as well.

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With one investigator stricken with the plague, the investigators arrive at the Island of Suffering, a Chinese colony of similarly afflicted people. Lady Maïni leads them through an altered state of consciousness called the Opium Dream to help zero in on the location of Agaï Chen, the master tattoo artist they have been looking for since they were in Paris, France. The dream reveals that Chen is being held by the queen of Zaoshou, a Deep One Hybrid. She plans to turn the tattoo artist over to the invading Japanese for her own ends—a fate Chen is agreeable to, as the Japanese agree to hand him over to Sayk Fong Lee, who will cure him of the plague. The investigators must infiltrate the submerged territory of the Shen De (Deep Ones) to locate a map of the Portals to the Empire of Shadows. In the process, they find the Source of the Inks, an imprisoned creature whose blood, when used as tattoo ink, bestows those tattoos with magical power. Eventually, the Japanese navy arrives and attacks the island, sending the investigators scrambling to find Say Fong Lee's palace within the Empire of Shadows.

Player Handouts

  • Le plan des écoles (map of the schools)
  • La Carte des Portails (Map of the Portals)


Creatures & Entities:


  • les Pirates de Serpent Jaune (the Yellow Serpent Pirates)

Tomes & Artifacts:

  • La Carte des Portails (the Map of the Portals)

Campaigns / Scenarios: Les 5 supplices


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